I'm keenly aware of how impassioned people are about the candidates they've chosen to support; this includes me as well as anyone I know. Ever since I became a registered voter, I've maintained a personal vow not to allow any political associations interfere with my friendships. It's a vow that's still important to me, but in this political season, is increasingly difficult to maintain. So if I'm your friend and I've offended you, I apologize. While I may vehemently disagree with the political convictions of some friends, I see no sense in letting these views interfere with my relationships. And I really hope my friends feel the same. We can do that for each other, can't we?
I was thinking of all this last night as I was watching the final debate. And I know we all realize this election is important, but I was also thinking that perhaps now more than ever, a lot of responsibility lies with the man who is next elected to this office. While the position is a high-ranking one, neither candidate is going to be able to lift this country out of a recession, reform healthcare and education, raise the minimum wage, and bring to fruition the plans and promises that have been made thus far all on his own.
Along the same lines, I also wondered what I might do to be a part of the change this country needs. I can't single-handedly end the war overseas, and I'm pretty sure I can't do much about the current mortgage crisis. I've got to let presidents do what presidents do. I can, however, make thoughtful choices about where and how my time, energy, and financial resources are directed in my community. My vote is an important part of that, but it strikes me that there are things I can do right where I live. It is not going to make headlines, but it will be something.
I can't figure it all out today, but if you have any ideas for ways to serve in the community, I'm game. I've got a couple of my own, but I bet we will get some really good ones if we put our heads together.
So. Enough on that. It's October and that means a trip to the pumpkin patch. After this visit, I'm convinced that amidst all the things that are wrong with the world, pumpkin patches are at least one things that's right with it. Here are some photos from last weekend's venture to Whidbey Island ...
just in case you wondered where you were ...
a family together at the pumpkin patch
me & my friend peggy
bippity boppity boo!
P.S. I found a new place to live today, and I think it may be perfect. Hooray!!